Ciwidey Valley

Clinging to the slope of a superb gorge whose sides have been sculpted into paddy fields, Ciwidey (25km south of Bandung) is famous for its blacksmiths. From here the road disappears into the forest and 10km on a road to the left leads up to Kawah Putih (6km): the wooded sides of the "white crater" (2 350m) enclose an astonishing turquoise lake, which takes on a supernatural air when mists form around it. Back on the main road, you soon come upon the Cimanggu Hot Springs and then, as you reach the end of a little undulating tea planted plateau, the peaceful Situ Patengan lake.

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